Apple’s deal with Japan’s largest mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo was a smartphone move for the company, as according to a recent report, the deal has helped the Apple iPhone grab a 36 percent share of Japan’s mobile phone market.
The news comes in a report from research firm MM Research Institute LTD, who have said that sales of the Apple iPhone accounted for 36.5 percent of all mobile phone sales in Japan for the 12 months up until the end of March 2014.
In the previous 12 month period, Apple had a 25.5 percent share of the mobile phone market in Japan, so they have managed to increase their market share by 11.1 percent in just 12 months.
Apple sold a total of 14.43 iPhones for the fiscal year of 2014, in second place in Japan was sharp who sold 5.14 million handsets, and in third place was Sony who shipped 4.8 million mobile phones.
Samsung hasn’t had the same success in Japan as it has in other countries, the company sits as the 6th most popular mobile phone maker in Japan.
Apple’s iPhone has been available in Japan since 2008, although until last year, the handset was not available with Japan’s largest carrier, NTT DoCoMo, and the addition of the iPhone to the network has helped Apple increase iPhone sales in Japan signifcantly.